GEOGRAPHICAL INVESTIGATIONS FOR THE LEAVING CERTIFICATE
Our one-day projects are specially designed for the geography fieldwork investigation topics each year. In all our projects students are involved in using various items of equipment to make measurements and collect data that can be used for presentation and analysis.
TOPIC 1 THE IMPACT OF GEOMORPHIC PROCESSES ON SHAPING A GLACIATED, FLUVIAL OR COASTAL ENVIRONMENT.
Two projects are available for topic 1.
- TITLE: A study of coastal processess in Liscannor Bay, Co. Clare
This project is based in Lehinch and Doolin looking at a range of coastal processes. Starting with erosion by identifying and sketching a number of erosion features and considering how these interact with each other. Evidence of longshore drift is found by identifying bedrock and pebble composition at the two different locations. One location is used to examine beach fabric to show deposition. Impacts of these processes on the landscape and how they interact are then considered.
- TITLE: Recent impacts of coastal processes at Bishop’s Quarter beach.
At Bishop’s Quarter beach near Ballyvaughan students will test for longshore drift, measure wind speed and direction. They will record a variety of deposition features including sand dunes and a spit. They will then examine recent changes to the beach and associated features due to the impact of recent storms and record these changes.
TOPIC 2 THE IMPACT OF WEATHERING OR MASS MOVEMENT ON SHAPING THE LANDSCAPE IN AN AREA OF YOUR CHOICE.
- TITLE: A study of limestone pavement at Black Head, Co. Clare.
Features of carbonation are identified and recorded and water samples tested to prove carbonation is occurring. Measurements of gryke depth and width are made using a transect line. These results will be analysed to examine the impact of carbonation over time. A number of glacial erratics and associated pedestals will be examined to estimate a rate of limestone weathering.
TOPIC 5 A STUDY OF THE IMPACT OF THE GEOMORPHIC PROCESSES OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEPOSITION ON THE FORMATION OF ONE COASTAL LANDFORM.
Two projects are available for topic 5 this year.
- TITLE: A study of sand dunes at Bishops Quarter beach, near Ballyvaughan.
This study examines the formation of sand dunes, looking at both physical and biological factors. Longshore drift, wind speed and wind direction will be measured, the role of marram grass in their growth will be examined by recording different sand dune zones and measurements will be made to record recent changes. All the work is done at one location close to the Outdoor Centre.
- TITLE: A study of Creg beach, Liscannor Bay.
In this study students will record data to examine how pebbles are deposited on a beach and record examples of deposition features. The direction of longshore drift will be determined by identifying and comparing bedrock type and pebble rock type at two locations; this will be related to wind speed and direction. The impact of longshore drift on a river mouth will also be observed and measured. Most of the project work is done at Creg beach with a short visit to Doolin afterwards.
TOPIC 6 AN INVESTIGATION OF THE IMPACT OF HUMAN ACTIVITY ON GEOMORPHIC PROCESSES IN A COASTAL ENVIRONMENT.
- TITLE: Coastal protection at Lehinch, Co. Clare
This study is based in and around Lehinch. At Creg beach students will record erosion features, collect evidence of attrition and measure wind and wave activity. In Lehinch students will examine and map different types of coastal protection and learn how these have changed as the town has developed.
GENERAL BURREN STUDIES
The limestone landscape of the Burren is unique in Ireland and examples of most karstic land forms can be seen here. The extensive limestone pavements with their clints and grykes clearly illustrate the process of chemical erosion.
Caves are an important feature of limestone areas and extensive caves are known beneath the Burren’s surface. Instructors are available who can lead small groups into wild caves.
Near Lisdoonvarna, the limestone is overlain by impermeable rock with surface drainage providing a strong contrast to the high Burren where there are many dry valleys and closed depressions ranging from small dolines and turloughs to the large polje at Carron.
There are many excellent examples of glacial action in the Burren. These include glaciated valleys, moraines and erratics.